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compromise there to avoid the so called fiscal cliff that would raise taxes on a typical american family by some $2,200. republican congressman tom cole, of oklahoma, is urging republicans to accept president obama's deal and allow the bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy to expire for now. so tax cuts for the middle class can stay in effect. but house speaker john boehner remains opposed, saying a tax hike on the wealthy will hurt the economy. >>> today, president obama is hosting mitt romney at the white house for a private lunch. after the election, the president promised to reach out to romney for his ideas. >>> and overseas, the u.s. could be getting more involved in the civil war in syria. "the new york times" is reporting the obama administration is considering options, including arming the rebel fighters there who have made progress in recent days in battling bashar al assad's forces. >>> and more trouble for president obama's expected nominee for secretary of state. susan collins says she will not back rice for the job, until more questions on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya are answered. collins said if president obama nominates senator john kerry instead, he would have no trouble winning c
that so-called fiscal cliff at year's end. it would raise the eligibility for medicare lower. but the plan would keep all bush-era tax cuts in place, including those for the wealthy. the president says that is a deal-breaker. >>> and the editor in chief at "vogue" magazine could become a top debit. bloomberg reporting that president obama may nominate anna wintour, as the next ambassador to either britain or france. she was among the president's top campaign fund-raisers. >>> and this morning, a powerful teachers union is trying to raise the bar for teachers, calling for a tough, certification test, not unlike the bar exam for lawyers. the federation of teachers want to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and have ten hours of field experience. sound like good ideas. >>> the flu season has arrived already. the earliest in nearly a decade. officials are warning the primary strain making the rounds right now is more severe than others, especially for the elderly. >>> finally, a reminder. never a good idea to show off. a man who writes for a motorcycle magazine in france, test driving a snazzy new yamaha, along the waterfront. we all know -- oh. >> what? >> how did it happen? he took a right, elizabeth. >> he
the high stakes stalemate some washington over the fiscal cliff. everyone's taxes go up. massive spending cuts take hold in just 29 days if the white house and congress can't reach a deal. and they are barely talking right now. abc's jon karl has the latest. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. with less than a month to go, the two sides are as far apart as they have ever been. overnight, the president released a new campaign-style video aimed squarely at republicans. >> we need to get tax relief to working families. >> reporter: this morning, about the only thing that the two sides agree on is that going over the so-called fiscal cliff would be a big blow to the economy. >> it would be very damaging to average americans. there's no doubt about it. >> going over the cliff will hurt our economy, will hurt our job creation in our country. it's not fair to the american people. >> reporter: without a deal to cut the deficit, almost everybody's income taxes will go up january 1st. it's more than that. there will be automatic cuts to defense, to medicare doctors, to unemployment benefits. and that could mean another recession, but -- >> right now, i would say we'
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